Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recommending... // Kimbra

So. Hi.



The artist Kimbra, and her EP "Settle Down". You might know her from Gotye's hit "Somebody That I Used To Know". You might not. That would be weird, though... But here's Kimbra. On her own. With her freaky videos. And her quirky hair... and dresses. And her awkward claps and dancemoves. And her catchy songs. Especially "Settle Down", which I absolutely love. At this point, the new release of her album "Vows" also deserves a mentioning; especially with songs like "Two Way Street" and "Good Intent". Like her, hate her, love her to pieces; here is Kimbra, and I think she's amazing.

I wasn't all that wild about Kimbra at first. But the intro of the song "Settle Down" had me hooked by the first "boom ba-boom bah". After that came the "oooh oh-oh oh-oh oh" of "Plain Gold Ring" (live). And by the time I had made it to the "bom-bom-bom-bom-baah" of "Cameo Lover" I was sold. In fact, I litterally just bought her new album "Vows"; and in near bladder-bursting anticipation, I await leaning back in my bed with a book, and the bluesy, smoky voice of Kimbra in my ear.

Her real name actually is Kimbra Johnson, and she was born in New Zealand in 1990. She often features very quirky hair-do's and dresses in her music videos. And no one can say "boom ba-boom bah" in the same, wide-mouthed and doll-eyed way she can.

She began writing music at the age of ten, in spite of not coming from an especially musical family. She was never tought to sing, and her father, a doctor, gave her her first guitar. Already at the age of twelve, she sang the national anthem in front of 27,000 people at the Auckland vs. Waikato NPC rugby final. She looks a bit like a porcelain doll;  and in her music, she sounds both exactly like one, and nothing close to one. In the music video for "Settle Down", she used a young girl, about the age of twelve, to play the lead. She was discovered by manager Mark Richardson at the tender age of 17, and now has a contract with Warner Bros. Records. Her newest projects include touring the nation in support of Gotye, confirming dates to tour with Foster The People, and this May, releasing her debut-album, "Vows", which is now out in the USA and Europe. Comparisons have been drawn between Kimbra and Architecture in Helsinki, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Janelle Monaé and Björk. Her songs have been called "heavily thematic and laced with "quirky" jazz chords".

According to me, her songs are just wonderful; quirky, crazy and lovely. Just like Kimbra herself.

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Thanks for listening,

I Am Roseberry.

1 comment:

  1. Definitely the type of woman i'd marry. <3 her music is weird but i like that.